INDIANAPOLIS — I just got my hands on the official measurements of the quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs at the combine, and I noticed a few things that might be concerns for NFL teams:
- Colt McCoy, QB, Texas: Rated as a second- or third-round prospect on many draft boards, McCoy measured out at a shade over 6-foot-1 (the Longhorns had him listed at 6-2). Although the league has a few quarterbacks at that stature (Drew Brees and Michael Vick), 6-2 is roundly considered a starting point for NFL quarterbacks. McCoy’s challenge will be proving to teams that he has the ability to find passing lanes against taller pass rushers. He’ll have to do that at his pro day since he has no plans to throw here.
- Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State: Considered the top receiver heading into the combine, Bryant measured out at 6-2 and 225 pounds with 34-inch arms. With exceptional measurements like that, he will be viewed as a match-up nightmare for smaller defenders on the edge. And his superior arm length explains why he is able to routinely win jump balls down the field.
- Dexter McCluster, RB, Ole Miss: His weight (172 pounds) will raise some concerns about his ability to hold up as a running back in the league. Though his explosiveness stood out at the Senior Bowl, his slender frame will make some teams reconsider their plans to make him a potential runner in their respective offense.
Some thoughts on Thursday’s measurements of some of the top offensive tackles:
- Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State: He might have solidified his status as the premier offensive tackle in the draft with his outstanding dimensions. Okung measured in 6-5 and 307 pounds with 36-inch arms. His size is outstanding for the position, and his exceptional arm length gives credence to scouts’ beliefs in his ability to handle rushers off the edge.
- Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland: Campbell is another tackle likely to experience a boost up various draft boards after measuring in with spectacular dimensions. His enormous frame (6-6, 314) is enhanced with 36¼-inch arms. Those exceptional measurables will cause some evaluators to view him as a franchise-caliber player based solely on his athletic potential.
- Brad Bulaga, OT, Iowa: His short arms (33¼ inches) might cause some scouts to worry about his ability to play left tackle as a pro. Many will wonder about his ability to handle long, rangy pass rushers on the quarterback’s blind side.
I’ll try to make more observations like these over the next few days as the defensive players come through to be measured.
– Bucky Brooks